Jim 'N' Nick's win best barbecue

It was close, but Birmingham-based Jim 'N Nick's{} barbecue is the state's best as voted by Facebook fans.

The championship pitted Jim "'N Nick's against Montgomery's Sam's BBQ. When the last vote was counted Monday morning at 10 o'clock, Jim 'N Nick's won by 427 votes. It is now "The Year of Alabama Food Ultimate Barbecue Champion" according to Alabama Tourism.

The competition roughly coincided with the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament. It started with 32 barbecue restaurants March 11. Those restaurants were selected based on social media polling conducted in 2012. The restaurants were divided into four geographic regions and were seeded and matched up in the bracket.